It might be hard to imagine, with a summer as warm as ours was. But we aren’t that far off from a different sort of temperature. As the days get colder and shorter, you don’t want to get caught out without heating, at least some of the time. And with energy bills being as they are, the last thing you need is emergency plumbing bills.

Here’s how you can make sure your radiators are ready to keep you cozy in the cold nights and days ahead.

how to bleed a radiator

1) Turn on your radiators now for a bit

It might still be warm outside. But like a car, a radiator left unused too long is likely to cause problems. For example, the water valves can get stuck together, causing the whole system to jam. A few minutes a day will give the system a chance to air out a bit so that won’t happen. If you’re too busy or the forgetful type, set your system’s heating controls to have it done for you.

2) Bleed the radiator

The last thing you want is airlocks caused by trapped air that should be flowing into your boiler or heatpump. When that happens, the system can corrode and damage the bits attached to your boiler. The best way to prevent that is by bleeding your radiators, which releases the pent up air.
You don’t have to be a skilled DIY expert to do this. With this short guide, you can do it yourself fairly quickly.

3) Get your boiler serviced

Not only will this make sure it’s running properly, but it will also rule out some serious safety concerns. Like fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Although it can sometimes be done yourself, we wouldn’t recommend it. Best to play safe and call a Gas Safety registered company like us

4) Insulate the pipes

Nobody wants to suffer from a burst pipe, which is what can happen if the insulation is poor. Low temperatures can cause water in the pipes to expand and freeze. That’s when they start cracking and then bursting.
Insulating your pipes might be an expensive job. But it will cost you much more to fix a burst one- and not only for the pipe!

5) Get a power flush

One of the biggest causes of financial headaches in your boiler is accumulated sludge and debris. And the most effective way to clear that out is a power flush. This high-pressure mix of water and chemicals clears the pipework, so that the water can circulate freely.
Unlike a chemical clean, this doesn’t have to be an annual expense. One flush should be enough to keep things running for ten years (although you will need to do one when you replace your boiler).

Again, we would recommend calling in a professional to do it.

As always, we’re here to help if you need us.

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